So I recently dug out my old board, that I haven't rode in over 10 years, and quickly realized it was too small for me now. It's a 44" wood board. I guess I am an "old school rider" and learned to skim from boards that me and my cousin and friends built from plywood. We then went to Western Flyers which were great concidering what we were used to. Then I got the 44" Meyer board which at the time seemed a little big. I was 125 lbs then and basically did sand skating. I still love the board,but I am 170 lbs. and "old". I can't run as fast as I used to and I wanted to learn "new style" skimming hitting waves and getting out farther and all. So, a new board was in order. I read around quite a bit and looked at used boards to pick one up to try. I found an Exile double carbon,hybrid rocker in 5/8", medium size which they say is ideal for 145-190. Very sweet board and I am sure there are guys that can really get great rides from it, I for some reason can not. It does not seem to want to stay on top in the deeper stuff,almost like I weigh too much for it. So,my question is, is this the right set up for me and the smaller, closer sets that we have here on the Gulf Coast or would I be better off with a 3/4" or possibly a larger board? Or, am I just too damn old and not getting enough speed?
What set up are you 165-175lb GC Fl riders using?